Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A MEROITIC GOLD BEAD NECKLACE
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
Composed of nineteen ram head pendants, formed of sheet halves around a core with a flat back, depicted frontally, with curving ribbed horns behind everted ears, the narrow eyes in relief, the muzzle rounded, a uraeus above, interspersed with biconical beads
11 in. (27.9 cm.) long
Art Market, New York, late 1980s.
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The ram heads represent the god Amun. For a related group of beads see no. 380, p. 332 in Wildung, ed., Sudan, Ancient Kingdoms of the Nile.
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